What we are reading - April 22nd, 2023

Nice reads on history of history of solar PV cells and costs.

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A great example on how regulations and market forces facilitate innovation. Hoping to see a similar trend in Green Hydrogen, Direct Carbon Capture, Plastic Alternatives… etc

This is about mangrove conservation. I stay in Bombay and have seen the rapid disappearance of mangroves around the city over the years. When I was in college, our prof used to spend hours trying to highlight the environmental disaster we are calling upon ourselves by systematically destroying mangroves. Even at that time, the annual Survey of the Indian Environment (by The Hindu) used to come out with alarming numbers on loss of mangroves. The problem has now reached manifold proportions. And self-fulfilling prophecy it sure was as the floods in Bombay have been getting worse every year. It was heartening to read about the “Mangrove Man”.

Sea level rise and severe tidal floods have forced many families in Murukesan’s neighborhood to relocate to higher grounds over the years. But the retired fisherman has almost singlehandedly been buffering the impacts of the rising waters on his home and in his community.

Known locally as “Mangrove Man,” Murukesan has turned to planting the trees along the shores of Vypin and the surrounding areas in the Kochi region of Kerala state to counter the impacts of rising waters on his home.

what do truly low-carbon lifestyles look like?
individuals in their variety of social roles can contribute significantly in emissions reduction but unless they are supported by the right infrastruture, technology and policy incentives, this cannot achieve its full potential. It’s difficult to live a low-carbon life with our current infrastructure… e.g how can an individual walk in a city which does not provide safe, nice walkable paths?